Dead Loss: a novel of boats, bygones, and bad behavior




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A cool November evening heats up when a 170 foot megayacht catches fire at the Fort Lauderdale boat show.

Left behind are a multi-million dollar crime scene, a dead body, and a lot of questions.

Detective Adria Hill was tired of dressing up for prostitution stings, but complaining hadn’t gotten her anywhere. Not until she was forced to make a politically embarrassing arrest did her superiors decide that maybe this was a good time for a change.

Freshly reassigned to Homicide, and over the objections of her new captain, she is put on the high-profile case of the boat show fire. With no experience and no support from her co-workers, she has to deal with a lack of evidence, a sick mother, and a suspended Sheriff’s deputy who is pursuing his own special revenge fantasy. She eventually finds an ally in Luc, a fraud investigator sent by the French insurance company. Together, they work to unravel the mystery of the fire, the murder, and Adria’s own enigmatic family history.

The story continues the author’s exploration of the sometimes seamy and always bizarre underside of South Florida. As in his previous mystery, Bean Counter, he mixes action, suspense, and humor in this new entry in the South Florida mystery thriller genre.

Mystery and suspense categories:

  • Mystery humor
  • Mystery thriller and suspense
  • South Florida mystery
  • South Florida authors